Did Ashley Accept Deal Or Did Andy Ask For A Transfer?

Newcastle have announced that Andy Carroll is in talks with Liverpool, after handing in a transfer request this afternoon, and the loan deal for Stephen Ireland has finally been completed.

Stephen Ireland – on a season long loan deal

Newcastle released a short statement about Stephen, saying the loan deal had been completed, after there were some earlier scares about a medical condition that could have scuttled the deal.

Maybe this is a deal that will make Newcastle manager Alan Pardew upbeat about today’s events, as he said about the signing:

“Stephen has shown over the past few seasons that he’s a real top player so we’re really pleased to have got him until the end of the season.”

“As a creative midfielder he can create chances for others and score goals himself, and we think he can be a big factor for us in the second part of this season.”

“I think Stephen feels he can deliver more than he’s shown at Villa so far, so he’s got a point to prove and I believe we can reap the benefits of that.”

And Newcastle released a statement about their 22 year-old local striker Andy Carroll, which said:

“A transfer request from striker Andy Carroll has been accepted by Newcastle United.”

“The 22-year-old England international has this afternoon handed in a transfer request, which has reluctantly been accepted by the club.”

“And Carroll is currently in talks with Liverpool over a move to Anfield. ”

What is not said in the statement is what has been widely reported, that Newcastle accepted a transfer bid of £35M from Liverpool for the Gateshead-born striker.

Players are not allowed to speak about personal terms, until a deal has first been reached between the two clubs.  But it seems true that Andy Carroll handed in a transfer request, and to say we are shocked at that, is a huge understatement.

We’ll need to understand exactly what happened with this deal, because there have been some conflicting stories coming out of Sky Sports today about the deal.   There were reports Newcastle accepted a £35M deal for the player, which was Liverpool’s second bid, but then they said the second bid had been turned down.

After that Sky Sports reported that Andy had finally requested a transfer – which seemed just a little too convenient for the Newcastle hierarchy, so exactly what did happen is still not clear to us.

Did Ashley accept the deal first or did Andy Carroll force the deal by putting in a  transfer request?

Needless to say we are shocked and sorry to see local boy Andy Carroll presumably want to leave the club, and leave in such terrible circumstances, with just hours to go in the transfer window.

We’ve got to think Alan Pardew is simply shocked and saddened at what has happened today, since he has often said Andy Carroll is the future of Newcastle.

Well –  if that’s true we don’t have a future – because the lad’s done a bunk.

We need a good night’s sleep, because this is not what we expected today – that’s for sure – and quite honestly we are still in some shock at today’s events.   Oh yes, and we have about 70 minutes left to get a new striker in, to  replace Andy.

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